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by Pārasamgate
Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New member looking for guidance
Replies: 52
Views: 4439

Re: New member looking for guidance

OK, let's do this. When I first introduced myself a lot of people were very kind in trying to offer some information for me, but the list grew quickly and got confusing. Now, I know who Buddha was historically. I know what the Four Noble Truths are. I know the five precepts. I know the eightfold no...
by Pārasamgate
Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New member looking for guidance
Replies: 52
Views: 4439

Re: New member looking for guidance

A primer for how "It" works. For example: Is consciousness an emergent property of a larger interconnected "mind?" Is it a result of quantum entanglement? I really think Buddhism has the answer to these questions. Interesting! We've been talking about Penrose and his interpretation of Quantum Mecha...
by Pārasamgate
Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New member looking for guidance
Replies: 52
Views: 4439

Re: New member looking for guidance

A primer for how "It" works. For example: Is consciousness an emergent property of a larger interconnected "mind?" Is it a result of quantum entanglement? I really think Buddhism has the answer to these questions. Interesting! We've been talking about Penrose and his interpretation of Quantum Mecha...
by Pārasamgate
Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality
Replies: 100
Views: 7516

Re: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality

I think it is possible that when you say 'objective reality' you rather mean a shared reality don't you? No. i do think tho that the consensus reality, at least for all western cultures, subscribes to the notion of an objective reality. It was after all the basis of all legitimate science up thru t...
by Pārasamgate
Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality
Replies: 100
Views: 7516

Re: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality

So for those who do beleive in an objective reality, i have a couple of questions, if you would indulge me: 1.How do you square the idea of an objective reality with anatta? if there is no self how can there be an other than self? 2. Where does the "self" (such as it may be in your view) stop and t...
by Pārasamgate
Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dependent Origination Going In The Opposite Direction
Replies: 12
Views: 1132

Re: Dependent Origination Going In The Opposite Direction

Jhana4 wrote:Thanks you!
BTW, I'd love to see these graphics that are plentiful :)
by Pārasamgate
Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality
Replies: 100
Views: 7516

Re: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality

Ok thank you all for your comments. So what im getting out of this thread so far is that there is nothing specific in the theravadan view that would not allow for the interpretation of reality along the lines of modern physics, that is that as in schroedingers cat, "reality" is a sort of probabilit...
by Pārasamgate
Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality
Replies: 100
Views: 7516

Re: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality

Ok thank you all for your comments. So what im getting out of this thread so far is that there is nothing specific in the theravadan view that would not allow for the interpretation of reality along the lines of modern physics, that is that as in schroedingers cat, "reality" is a sort of probabilit...
by Pārasamgate
Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality
Replies: 100
Views: 7516

Re: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality

Ok thank you all for your comments. So what im getting out of this thread so far is that there is nothing specific in the theravadan view that would not allow for the interpretation of reality along the lines of modern physics, that is that as in schroedingers cat, "reality" is a sort of probabilit...
by Pārasamgate
Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality
Replies: 100
Views: 7516

Re: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality

"Shut up you have no business asking." Is not really an answer to the question. Im asking for the theravadan view of reality, which i suppose takes the 14 questions into account. Oh, I'm sorry! I was certainly not saying "shut up" and I don't think the Buddha was either! From the referenced sutta's...
by Pārasamgate
Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality
Replies: 100
Views: 7516

Re: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality

I have been having ongoing discussions about the nature of reality in chat with various members of this board and i have to admit, im not really getting the theravadan ideas about such things as time space "objective" reality etc. My view (formed from various forces and experiences) is pretty much ...
by Pārasamgate
Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Formal Refuge
Replies: 42
Views: 3838

Re: Formal Refuge

Can you tell me what the Theravada precepts are? Is this the 12 point formula also found in the Tibetan Gelug tradition? http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=4342 I am looking for the origin to this 12 point formula. If it is also found in Theravada traditions that would certainly help to...
by Pārasamgate
Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello to all from Essen, Germany!
Replies: 12
Views: 1426

Re: Hello to all from Essen, Germany!

Hello friends of Buddhism! I recently discovered this forum as a result of a long search for an ideal place to exchange thoughts, ideas and questions in a friendly environment of fellow buddhists. A few words about me... I'm a guy in beginning of my thirties searching for a the truth in wisdom abou...
by Pārasamgate
Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:50 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The ethics of minimizing suffering and being a "good person"
Replies: 41
Views: 7667

Re: The ethics of minimizing suffering and being a "good person"

Its more likely hardwired into the human organism. Insects and arthropods are direct competitors for available food, carry parasites, sting, carry diseases and micro-organisms, and are themselves directly parasitical on the human organism. From a survival trait standpoint, it would be surprising if...
by Pārasamgate
Mon May 30, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How long should one sit?
Replies: 8
Views: 1363

How long should one sit?

See the title. I know that there probably isn't one good answer here. Nevertheless, I would love some guidance. Currently, when I am doing meditation on my own without guidance I have tried two different things: 1) Setting a stop watch / alarm to go off after some period of time. 2) Just meditating ...